Former WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens spoke with MLive on what type of reaction he wants from a live crowd, working the Hell in a Cell match against Shane McMahon and Shawn Michaels.

Owens first spoke about the reaction he wants to receive from a live crowd:

“I just try to listen to strong reaction. To me the best reaction is a mix of both boos and cheers. John Cena and Roman Reigns get insane reactions where half the crowd loves them and half the crowd despises them. When you’re in the ring waiting for your opponent, whether it’s John or Roman, you get hit by this crazy noise. It’s people almost competing with each other. The guy who’s booing one of them is trying to be louder than the guy cheering. It makes for a special atmosphere. That’s really what I’m striving for.”

Owens then spoke about how Michaels has influenced him in his career:

“Michaels is the reason I became a wrestler in the first place. I saw him when I was 11. I was a scrawny kid at the time. People thought I was 7 or 8. So to see the smallest guy on the show be the best guy on the show really spoke to me. I said if he can do it, I can do it. Now I get to share different pieces of his wisdom with him when he comes to a show here or there. I try to sit as close to him as I can and listen to him and discuss wrestling, family and life. It’s so great to talk about those things with someone I look up to so much. I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to have been in the ring with him.”

Finally, Owens spoke about the meaning of his Hell in a Cell match against McMahon, which took place in Detroit, Michigan:

“I wrestled in Detroit many times before getting to WWE. There was one match me and El Generico (Zayn) wrestled Nigel McGuinness and Claudio Castagnoli (Cesaro). That was a really fun match that I look back on fondly. I have a lot of memories like that, and WWE Hell in a Cell just happened. I’ll never forget fighting on top of a cell with Shane McMahon. That was something really special at Little Caesars Arena.”

Below we have provided a quick minute video featuring Owens taking a huge bump in the match against McMahon a few months back at the ‘Hell in a Cell‘ pay-per-view.

Shane McMahon sends Kevin Owens crashing onto the announce table: WWE Hell in a Cell 2017

Do you see the reaction Owens describes as the best possible one a wrestler can have? Which wrestlers inspire you?

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